Principal Auditor

State of Maine
Augusta, Maine, United States
USD 10.59 per hour
16 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
Job role
Experience level
Qualified accountant
Office of the State Auditor

Opening Date: July 2, 2020
Closing Date:Until Filled
Job Title: Principal Auditor

Job Class Code: 0339
Grade: 30 Confidential

Salary:$59,092.80 - $81,099.20*
Position Number: 007000481

OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT: July 2, 2020 -Until Filled

*Actual starting salary will depend upon factors such as experience, certifications, recommendations, and education.

Agency Information: The Office of the State Auditor has the statutory authority to audit all accounts and other financial records of State government, including any counties, municipalities, and any organization, institution or other entity receiving or requesting an appropriation or grant from State government. The Office conducts its audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America, and the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996, United States Code, Section 7501-7507. The Office is also authorized to review departmental budgets and capital programs for better and efficient management of State government, to serve as a staff agency to the Legislature in making investigations of the State's finances.

Job Duties: The Principal Auditor serves as a technical expert assisting senior management in planning, designing, and administering complex audit assignments, performing controversial high profile audit assignments, including special examinations requested by the Maine Legislature, and providing interpretation of State and federal laws, rules and regulations and changes in accounting principles to managers of other State agencies under audit. The Principal Auditor develops procedures to improve efficiency of overall audit process, provides supervision to other staff auditors and independently evaluates their performance to identify anindividual's professional development and training needs and assisting senior management in developing new uses of technology in the audit process.The position requires sound judgment and the ability to work independently. The assigned work schedule is five days per week.

The Principal Auditor must have the following knowledge and abilities:
  • Expertise regarding generally accepted accounting principles (FASB/GASB)
  • Expertise regarding AICPA/GAO auditing standards for governmental organizations
  • Expertise applying modern management principles, practices, and techniques
  • Expertise applying State and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Knowledge of diverse operational environments of other governmental entities
  • Ability to interact with all levels of government personnel and to effectively represent the Office
  • Ability to obtain and process information, reach a conclusion, and then explain and defend position, if necessary
  • Ability to review the work of staff for accuracy, completeness, and conformance to auditing standards
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate complex accounting transactions, information technology systems, and systems of internal control
  • Ability to develop and implement policies, interpret complex laws and technical information
  • Ability to plan, organize, assign, and direct audit activities
  • Ability to assess audit risk and adjust to changes as necessary
  • Ability to present before Legislative committees and other high-level meetings with State agency personnel
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing


Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, or a related field AND eight (8) years of progressively responsible auditing experience, or six (6) years of auditing experience directly related to the government environment. Experience must include as least three (3) years of supervisory experience. Candidate must be certified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

BENEFITS:Why Work for the State of Maine?

State of Maine employees have a wide variety of health benefits and wellness programs available to them. Whatever your health and wellness goals may be, we have solutions to help you meet your goal. Preventive care is covered 100%, low-cost generic medications, premium-free dental insurance for full-time employee coverage, tobacco cessation program and MUCH MORE!

Benefits Include: Health, Dental and Vision Insurance; Retirement Savings; Flexible Spending Accounts; Gym Membership Reimbursement; and Living Resources (Employee Assistance Program).

The value of State's share of Employee's Retirement is 14.11% of salary for Bargaining Unit positions and 18.91% for Confidential Positions.

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance: $14.60 biweekly.

The value** of State-paid Health Insurance:
  • Level 1: 100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):$470.99 biweekly
  • Level 2: 95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):$447.44 biweekly
  • Level 3: 90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):$423.89 biweekly
  • Level 4: 85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):$400.34 biweekly

**The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

Public Sector employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. To learn if you qualify, please visit

The State of Maine also offers paid holidays, training, and the chance to make a difference in Maine with a career in public service.


For additional information about this position please email through recruiterbox,Kristin Guerette, Audit Manager -

To apply, please complete application inrecruiterboxto include current resume, cover letter, and official copies of post-secondary transcripts.If additional items are to be mailed please send them to:

Office of the State Auditor

Attn: Kristin Guerette

#66 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0066

Information provided during the application, interview, and selection process will be verified. Incomplete application(s) will be failed or returned to the applicant.

The Office of the State Auditor is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.